"Tired Eyes" as written by and Neil Young....
Well he shot four men in a cocaine deal
And he left them lyin' in an open field
Full of old cars with bullet holes in the mirrors
He tried to do his best but he could not

Please take my advice, please take my
Please take my advice
Open up the tired eyes
Open up the tired eyes

Well, it wasn't supposed to go down that way
But they burned his brother, you know
And left him lying in the driveway
They let him down with nothin'
He tried to do his best but he could not

Please take my advice, please take my advice
Please take my advice
Open up the tired eyes
Open up the tired eyes

Well tell me more, tell me more, tell me more
I mean was he a heavy doper or was he just a loser?
He was a friend of yours
What do you mean, he had bullet holes in his mirrors?
He tried to do his best but he could not

Please take my advice, please take my advice
Please take my advice
Open up the tired eyes
Open up the tired eyes

Please take my advice
Please take my advice
Open up the tired eyes
Open up the tired eyes


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"Tired Eyes" as written by Neil Young

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    General CommentWhat do you mean,
    he had bullet holes
    in his mirrors?


    I love that line.
    funkspielon April 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the way it's so lazy, and still deadly (literary speaking) serious
    olem77on September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about an actual drug deal gone awry in Topanga Canyon in the 1970s. However, according to Neil Young's bio "Shakey", it's also a more personal lament to his departed friends Danny Whitten and Bruce Berry. Asking them to "open up the tired eyes" is pleading with them to become undead.
    mikegrosson July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the most gut renching cold as early morning song Neil as ever done. It is his emotions flayed open for all to see. He is raw and real. It' Neil at his best on his (arguably) best album. In everyday life, I so often want to turn to my 16, 17 & 18 year old children in my best emotional Neil Young voice and say OPEN UP YOUR TIRED EYES!
    mikedclovison December 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPoetic brilliance matched by an amazing sound that led towards Neil Young inventing grunge. The above posters are right that this song is based off an actual incident and on a more personal note the song is also about Danny Whiten's fatal heroin overdose---the Needle and the Damage done is a song purely about his death
    River Wolfon November 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment
    a drug deal gone awry, watfo.
    sydferreton July 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMade me think of No Country for Old Men
    thechrisrayon August 28, 2012   Link

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